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Wednesday, December 07, 2011

MLB issues media dress guidelines

Well…at least they don’t have to worry about banning flannel. Huh, ohh.

Muscle shirts, ripped jeans and flip-flops—fine for the beach, not so fine for big league press boxes starting next season.

Baseball has become the first major pro league in North America to issue dress guidelines for media members, putting them in writing at the winter meetings.

The no-wear list also includes visible undergarments, excessively short skirts or anything with a team logo.

“This is not in response to any single incident,” MLB spokesman Pat Courtney said Tuesday.

...The media should dress “in an appropriate and professional manner” with clothing proper for a “business casual work environment” when in locker rooms, dugouts, press boxes and on the field, the new MLB rules say.

Banned are sheer and see-through clothing, tank tops, one-shouldered or strapless shirts or clothing exposing bare midriffs. Also listed in the guidelines are skirts, dresses or shorts cut more than 3-4 inches above the knee.

...At 81, former Marlins manager Jack McKeon has seen dress codes change a lot during more than a half-century in the game. Especially at warm-weather ballparks during the hottest summer months.

“I remember the old days, when even the people in Triple-A would wear a coat and tie,” he said. “Now, it’s casual. Less than casual, really,” he said.

“Today, it can look pretty sloppy,” he said. “But that’s not just baseball. It’s generational.”

Thanks to C. Treadway.

Repoz Posted: December 07, 2011 at 10:31 AM | 21 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Greg K Posted: December 07, 2011 at 11:44 AM (#4009041)
“Today, it can look pretty sloppy,” he said. “But that’s not just baseball. It’s generational.”

Don't I know it!
Though there seems to be some generational backswing. My students are invariably better dressed than me for lectures. Of course there is a distinct possibility that I'm just a slob.
   2. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: December 07, 2011 at 11:53 AM (#4009043)
I'm hoping they require everybody in the press box to wear a fedora with a card that says 'PRESS' stuck in the band.
   3. Hack Wilson Posted: December 07, 2011 at 12:20 PM (#4009047)
Steve Phillips in a see-through one-shouldered shirt was the last straw.

(BTW I am going to get new passport photos today, in the current passport photo I am wearing a necktie, I believe that is the last time I wore a tie.)
   4. cHiEf iMpaCt oFfiCEr JE Posted: December 07, 2011 at 12:28 PM (#4009048)
...At 81, former Marlins manager Jack McKeon has seen dress codes change a lot during more than a half-century in the game. Especially at warm-weather ballparks during the hottest summer months.

“I remember the old days, when even the people in Triple-A would wear a coat and tie,” he said. “Now, it’s casual. Less than casual, really,” he said.

“Today, it can look pretty sloppy,” he said. “But that’s not just baseball. It’s generational.”

Those damn hippies are everywhere.
   5. Tricky Dick Posted: December 07, 2011 at 12:39 PM (#4009050)
excessively short skirts...Also listed in the guidelines are skirts, dresses or shorts cut more than 3-4 inches above the knee.


Stadium employees, get out your measuring sticks. This sounds like high school.
   6. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: December 07, 2011 at 01:09 PM (#4009054)
I'm pretty sure that this candid shot taken at the last SABR convention was what scared MLB into acting proactively. And can we really blame them?
   7. Mr Dashwood Posted: December 07, 2011 at 01:14 PM (#4009056)
I'm hoping they require everybody in the press box to wear a fedora with a card that says 'PRESS' stuck in the band.

Is it really appropriate to wear a hat indoors?
   8. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 07, 2011 at 01:15 PM (#4009057)
And shave those sideburns Mattingly!
   9. The Interdimensional Council of Rickey!'s Posted: December 07, 2011 at 01:25 PM (#4009060)
This is all because Dayn Perry dresses like a cheap whore.
   10. The Long Arm of Rudy Law Posted: December 07, 2011 at 01:42 PM (#4009066)
All this because John Kruk forgets to wear pants a few times
   11. gef, talking mongoose & suburban housewife Posted: December 07, 2011 at 02:12 PM (#4009079)
All this because John Kruk forgets to wear pants a few times


Thereby courting the Smitty* vote.
   12. Dale Sams Posted: December 07, 2011 at 02:16 PM (#4009082)
Does this mean I can't blog in my underwear?
   13. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: December 07, 2011 at 02:19 PM (#4009083)
Can the bloggers still wear their pajamas?
   14. TR_Sullivan Posted: December 07, 2011 at 02:24 PM (#4009084)
Means I can't wear flip-flops when the weather hits 109 degrees in Texas.
   15. Don Malcolm Posted: December 07, 2011 at 02:53 PM (#4009100)
Andy, there have never been that many girls at the last fifteen SABR meetings combined (not even retro-counting Ms. Kahrl).

Dale, Pat: you can blog in your birthday suit if you stay in your mom's damn basement with the shades drawn and the heat cranked up.

I thought it was Dick Williams who had the "pants problem."

What they ought to do is just make everyone wear a baseball uniform all the time. Why bother with all this figurative uniformity when you can have the real thing??
   16. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: December 07, 2011 at 03:03 PM (#4009111)
Andy, there have never been that many girls at the last fifteen SABR meetings combined (not even retro-counting Ms. Kahrl).

Er, what makes you think that those were necessarily girls?
   17. charityslave is thinking about baseball Posted: December 07, 2011 at 03:55 PM (#4009155)
Wow, Neck, the hot one is sticking her ass out for the camera. You know she wants it! (the dorito, I mean)
   18. Javy Joan Baez (chris h.) Posted: December 07, 2011 at 04:52 PM (#4009222)
I like Doritos.
   19. McCoy Posted: December 07, 2011 at 04:58 PM (#4009233)
I'm sure a real photo of real members of SABR at the convention wouldn't be much better. Probably a helluvalot hairier too.
   20. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: December 07, 2011 at 05:07 PM (#4009248)
I'm sure a real photo of real members of SABR at the convention wouldn't be much better. Probably a helluvalot hairier too.

This SABR convention photo is mercifully blurred, but the mole's identity is revealed in the URL. The Fashion Police swooped down immediately after this was taken, and confiscated the pot.
   21. The Interdimensional Council of Rickey!'s Posted: December 07, 2011 at 06:43 PM (#4009404)
Dial always looks hilariously goofy. It's his secret mutant power.

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